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Welcome to Today In History for Monday, May 5, 2008.

Historical Events on this Day in History …

0553 – 2nd Council of Constantinople (5th ecumenical council) opens
1382 – Battle of Beverhoutsveld – population beats drunken army
1430 – Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1494 – On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1640 – English Short Parliament unites
1646 – King Charles I surrenders at Scotland
1665 – Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow
1726 – Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Op‚ra of Paris
1749 – Pope Benedict XIV proclaims 1750 a Year” [?]
1762 – Russia and Prussia sign peace treaty
1764 – Smolny-institution forms in St Petersburg for noble girls
1780 – 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts and Sciences) forms (Boston)
1789 – French States-General for It first since 1614 together
1797 – Napoleon I’s sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
1809 – Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland
1809 – Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
1814 – British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
1816 – American Bible Society organized (NY)
1834 – Charles Darwin’s expedition begins at Rio Santa Cruz
1835 – King Leopold opens Brussels-Mechelen railway
1842 – City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1854 – English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
1855 – NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1861 – Alexandria, VA – CS troops abandon city
1862 – Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
1862 – French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1863 – Battle of Tupelo, MS
1863 – Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
1864 – Campaign in Northern Georgia – Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
1864 – Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 – Battle between Confederate and Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 – Atlanta Campaign-5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1874 – Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
1881 – Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1891 – Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in NY, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1893 – Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange
1900 – “The Billboard” began weekly publication
1904 – Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Phila A’s (3-0)
1905 – Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper “Chicago Defender”
1908 – 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
1908 – Great White Fleet arrives in SF
1912 – 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
1915 – German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
1916 – US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
1917 – St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chic White Sox, 1-0
1920 – German-Latvian peace treaty signed
1920 – Polish troops occupy Kiev
1920 – US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1921 – Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
1921 – 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1922 – Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
1924 – Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1925 – Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak
1925 – Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6, (16 total bases)
1925 – John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1926 – Geldrop soccer team forms
1926 – Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for “Arrowsmith”
1927 – Dmitri Sjostakovitch’ 1st Symphony, premieres in Berlin
1930 – Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours
1930 – 1st woman to fly solo from Engl to Australia takes-off (Amy Johnson)
1932 – Japan and China sign a peace treaty
1934 – 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
1935 – Jessie Owens of US, sets then long jump record at 26′ 8¬”
1936 – Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
1936 – Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
1938 – Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
1939 – Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
1940 – Norwegian govt in exile forms in London
1941 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
1941 – 2 Fokker’s employees flee nazi occupied Netherlands to England
1942 – British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
1942 – US begins rationing sugar during WW II
1943 – Postmaster General Frank C Walker invents Postal Zone System
1944 – Gandhi freed from prison
1944 – Russian offensive against Sebastopol Krim
1945 – Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
1945 – Uprising against SS-occupying troops in Prague
1945 – Netherlands and Denmark liberated from Nazi control
1945 – Mauthausen Concentration camp liberated
1947 – Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 and causes $850M in damage
1947 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King’s Men)
1948 – 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
1948 – Belgian govt of Spaak resigns
1949 – Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
1949 – Statue of Council of Europe drawn
1949 – KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 – Council of Europe forms
1950 – Phumiphon Abundet crowned as king Rama IX of Thailand
1951 – 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
1951 – “Out of This World” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 perfs
1952 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
1952 – Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate’s Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
1954 – Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
1955 – West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
1955 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1955 – Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce
1955 – “Damn Yankees” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances
1956 – World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
1956 – Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
1956 – Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
1956 – 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
1957 – Adolf Sch„rf elected president of Austria
1957 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1958 – KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 – Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
1958 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1961 – Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1962 – West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
1962 – LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0
1962 – 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
1963 – Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1964 – Separatists riot in Quebec
1965 – 1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1966 – Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II
1966 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1966 – Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
1968 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1969 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
1969 – 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
1970 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1971 – “Earl of Ruston” opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
1971 – Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
1972 – Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
1973 – 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
1974 – Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1975 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
1975 – A’s release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, and scored 33 runs)
1976 – Train collision at Schiedam Neth, kills 24
1976 – Anderlecht wins 16th soccer Europe Cup II
1978 – Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
1979 – 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
1979 – Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
1979 – Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
1980 – Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos and police stormed the building
1981 – 16th and final Mayor’s Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge
1983 – Bruins 5-Isles 1-Wales Conf Championship-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 – 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
1985 – Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women’s Golf Invitational
1986 – Hall of Fame and Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
1987 – Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
1987 – Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
1987 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1988 – Eugene A Marino installed as 1st black US archbishop
1989 – Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY
1990 – Paul Hogan and Linda Koslowski wed in Byron Bay, Eastern Australia
1990 – ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
1990 – 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
1991 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1992 – Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1994 – North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
1994 – Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
1994 – “Sally Marrand Her Escorts” opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 perfs
1995 – Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
1996 – “Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore” closes at Belasco after 12 perfs
1996 – Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
1996 – Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
1997 – “Married With Children” final episode on Fox TV
1997 – Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
2000 – Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Moon

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